Friends, it is Friday, January 13, 2017. The weather is forecasted: normal for Texas —”Ever-changing.”
There is a story from the first century B.C. that may be apocryphal. The story took place when much of the world was unexplored, unknown and largely unmapped. Mapmakers had to have some way of portraying those areas of the earth that were as yet unexplored, so they symbolized these regions by dragons, monsters and large fish. The message was clear. Uncharted territories were frightening, fearsome places. Terrors lay buried there. But as many maps declared, “There be Treasures” as well.
The story is this: One commander of a battalion of Roman soldiers was caught up in a battle that took him into the territory that the mapmakers had represented with their monsters and dragons. Not knowing whether to forge ahead into the unknown, or turn back into the known, which would also be a retreat, he dispatched a messenger to Rome with this urgent request: “Please send new orders. We have marched off the map.”
I have a sliver of paper on my office bulletin board that has these words written on it: “Great lives, like great ships, are built for the open seas, and not for the shipyards.”
Living in Corpus Christi for 30 years, in the coastal area for almost another 20 years in churches I served, it was not uncommon for ships to come into harbor during an approaching hurricane; however, the hurricane storm only lasted a very short time. Afterwards, the ship resumed its purpose.
Folks, God created “Great lives.” Don’t stay in the shipyard.
See you Sunday.
Blessings from Duncanville,